Miyako City (宮古) in Iwate Prefecture was one of the northernmost cities to suffer devastating damage from the 2011 Tsunami. The rising waters swept across many of the city's coastal districts, destroying homes, businesses, port facilities and a vast majority of the local fishing fleet. Some of the tsunami's most unforgettable videos were filmed in Miyako, depicting a huge black swell overtaking the seawall protecting the town and sweeping boats and cars and everything in its path along with it.
Miyako is known for its beautiful coastline, especially the popular Jodogahama Beach on a scenic peninsula just north of the city center. Tourist facilities around the beach were heavily damaged, but after three years the seaside promenades have been replaced and improved and the sightseeing attractions fully reopened.
Infrequent local trains on the JR Yamada Line operate between Morioka and Miyako stations. The one way trip takes about two hours, and costs 1940 yen. Trains depart every two to three hours.
Iwateken Kotsu operates hourly buses between Morioka and Miyako. The one way trip takes about two hours and costs 2030 yen. A round trip ticket is available for 3650 yen and must be used within seven days.
How to get to and around the Sanriku Coast